She Leads, You Follow: Golden Globes Edition

Awards season has officially begun, and at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the red carpet was rolled out for the finest actors and actresses to be honored at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The Jan. 10 awards brought out Hollywood’s best, and they certainly dressed their best for awards season’s kickoff event.

First to impress us with her white-hot ensemble was none other than Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson. Channeling Cookie Lyon’s fierce persona, Henson rocked the red carpet in this stunning white gown with a Watteau train, which she accented with Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Glimmering down the red carpet was How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis, who wore a tulle Marchesa gown covered in beading, according to The Huffington Post. She added a little more sparkle to her look with a Jacob & Co. ring and drop earrings.

Bringing some color into our lives was Jennifer Lawrence, who opted for a bright red Dior number, says E! Online. The Joy actress’ gown was replete with cutouts, featuring two at the sides and one at the back . She topped off her look with a neat updo and a jaw-dropping statement necklace.

Although these ladies are dressed for the kickoff event to the 2016 awards season, there are some things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

White is far from boring – Henson’s stunning gown shows us just how exciting white can be; its sleek silhouette and dramatic train combine to create a sexy, yet elegant look that makes us pay less attention to the (lack of) color and more attention to the style of the gown — not to mention how gorgeous she is. Henson wasn’t the only leading lady to take to the red carpet in a white gown. Others like Orange is The New Black‘s Laverne Cox and Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan wore white in completely different ways; Cox’s gown gave us a more regal vibe with its high neckline and dramatic train, while Ronan’s gown delivered an ethereal, yet elegant look with its deep v-neckline, its soft skirt and its goddess-like shoulder train. All three women show us that it’s not the color but the cut that makes the gown.

Use cutouts to your advantage – Take a cue from JLaw and use well-placed cutouts to your advantage. Her side cutouts not only accentuate her waist, they also create a curve on her hips in an otherwise column-like gown. The quasi-croptop style of the top of her gown also exaggerates the effect of her cutouts, adding width to her bust while making her waist appear even smaller. If you want to try cutouts in a dress, start with smaller cutouts at the sides of your waist; this will have a similar effect to Lawrence’s cutouts without showing so much skin on your first attempt with the style.

Try a gem tone – Although Davis’ gown is covered in sparkly beading, it is also a gem tone. Her navy-sapphire dress delivers a rich, deep color that warms up all skin tones. Gem tones seemed to be a big trend on the red carpet this year, with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Lola Kirke to America Ferrera wearing the same yellow garnet shade to attend the Globes. Colors such as these are universally flattering to all skin tones and generally pair well with other colors and neutrals, so when you are shopping for a dress, a blouse or even accessories, try to look for pieces in colors like sapphire blue, yellow garnet, amethyst purple and ruby red — these are sure to be versatile, yet flattering pieces that will only benefit your wardrobe.

Happy Awards Season, everyone!

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